Globally, multiple jurisdictions are experiencing hepatitis A outbreaks attributed to direct person-to-person spread. In this context, public health partners in Ontario are monitoring a recent increase in the overall provincial incidence of hepatitis A, as well as non-travel related hepatitis A cases.
This session will provide participants with an overview of the recent epidemiology of hepatitis A in Ontario, with a focus on Toronto. It will also review ongoing outbreaks in two additional North American jurisdictions: New York and Michigan.
Participants will learn how the outbreaks were detected; how associated cases have been distributed in person, place and time; how they are being managed; and challenges and lessons learned to date.
This presentation will deepen participants’ understanding of the range of public health responses involved in investigating and managing hepatitis A outbreaks in different populations and settings, as well as strategies to put in place to reduce transmission.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
• Describe the recent epidemiology of hepatitis A in Toronto and Ontario, and current hepatitis A outbreaks in New York and Michigan.
• List three public health measures taken by jurisdictions in response to current outbreaks.
• Describe challenges faced in controlling hepatitis A outbreaks spread person-to-person.
Presenters: Andie Newman, Julia Latash, Joyce Lai , Herveen Sachdeva, Liane MacDonald
Alexandra Newman, DVM MPH, Director, Regional Epidemiology and Investigations Program, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, New York State Department of Health
Julia Latash, MPH, CSTE Fellow, Bureau of Communicable Disease, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Joyce Lai, MPH, Region 2 South Epidemiologist, Surveillance and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section, Communicable Disease Division, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Herveen Sachdeva, MD MHSc, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Communicable Disease Control, Toronto Public Health
Liane Macdonald, MD MSc(PH), Public Health Physician, Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Public Health Ontario
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